Brian Zumhagen has been a weekend anchor at WNYC since 2003. His career in journalism started in 1993, with an internship in the press office of the German Green Party’s parliamentary delegation. Brian went on to spend the rest of the ‘90s working as a reporter, producer, and fill-in anchor at NPR member station KQED in San Francisco. He’s returned to Germany several times over the years for reporting projects. Most recently, he won a grant from the Arthur F. Burns Fellowship to produce radio features for the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Before coming to WNYC, Brian was a frequent contributor to PRI’s The World. He reported for the program on 9/11 and served as the show’s United Nations correspondent during the run-up to the Iraq war. Brian lives in Queens with his wife and children.
Newark Mayor Booker Says More Layoffs and Tax Hikes Coming
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Newark Mayor Cory Booker says a report by a City Council task force that says the city is spending beyond its means is telling him what he already knows. Booker is accusing the police union of being selfish, saying that its leaders refuse to negotiate with his administration, while other unions are making sacrifices.
"To have the police department be the only union that says, 'nope, sorry, everybody else in Newark has to sacrifice, and not us.' But if the unions don't come to the table and give us any kind of concessions, we are going to have to lay off police officers," he says.
Leaders of the Fraternal Order of Police are refusing to comment.
The task force is recommending tax hikes of as much as 40 percent, and two thousand layoffs. Booker says those proposals would "burn down the village in order to save it." He is urging the council to adopt his proposed budget, saying it would spread the pain over two years.